2011 Geoff Merrill G & W Cabernet Sauvignon
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Miss this Merrill at your peril! If you love rich and opulent Cabernet then this has your name all over it. It’s from a mix of the McLaren Vale & Coonawarra, both where grapes enjoy warm days and cool breezes at night, so flavour is maximised until all that's delivered is regional purity in every glass.
This Cabernet from Geoff Merrill has seen the advantage of being left to age for a few years before release, so it’s ready to drink now or can be cellared in the short term. Very regional with chocolate & berries (McLaren Vale) and menthol, mint, capsicum & olive (Coonawarra) all leading to a fleshy, structured palate with well balanced acids.
Colour: Deep red with ruby hues and great depth.
Nose: The aroma really displays the best of both regions - chocolate, ripe berries and blackcurrant from McLaren Vale and menthol, earth and tomato leaf from Coonawarra.
Palate: These aromas spill over to the palate which is full, rich and tightly structured resulting in an excellent example of Cabernet Sauvignon which will continue to gather complexity in the bottle.
Food pairing: Ideal with roasted or grilled lamb.
Growing region: McLaren Vale 60% Coonawarra 40%
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